The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of Kyoto’s top sights and for good reason: standing amid these soaring stalks of bamboo is like being in another world.
If you’ve been planning a trip to Kyoto, you’ve probably seen pictures of the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove . it’s one of the most photographed sights in the city. But no picture can capture the feeling of standing in the midst of this sprawling bamboo grove – the whole thing has a palpable sense of otherness that is quite unlike that of any normal forest we know of.
The paths winding through the bamboo groves of Arashiyama make for a pleasant walk. You will feel very small in front of the towering bamboo stalks, which can reach several tens of meters high!
When the wind blows, you can hear the rustling and squeaking of the stalks, that bend in the breeze. And when the light filters through the grove at the right angle, it creates a truly magical atmosphere.
Unfortunately, the place is so popular that it’s nearly impossible to reproduce the photographs empty of tourists that you see in the guide books! Our advice is to avoid weekends and holidays, and try to come (very) early.
Once in the bamboo grove, you have a choice: you can walk it, go by bike or even by rickshaw!
For the rest of Arashiyama, we advise you to rent a bike or walk. On the path from the train station to the bamboo grove (about ten minutes walk), you’ll find many temples on the way, including the famous Tenryu-ji and its beautiful garden.
Here`s our Travel Video on Arashiyama Bamboo Forest :